Operations Research Certification

Online Program Overview

Degree Level
Total Credits
Fully Online
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Minimum GPA
Qualifying Exam
GRE Not Required

Operations Research is an applied science and is concerned with quantitative decision problems, generally involving the allocation and control of limited resources. Such problems arise, for example, in the operations of industrial firms, financial institutions, health care organizations, transportation systems, energy and resources, and government. The operations research analyst develops and uses mathematical and statistical models to help solve these decision problems. Like engineers, they are problem formulators and solvers. Their work requires the formation of a mathematical model of a system and the analysis and prediction of the consequences of alternate modes of operating the system. The analysis may involve mathematical optimization techniques, probabilistic and statistical methods, experiments, and computer simulations. Operations Research courses have been offered at Columbia University since 1952.

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Certification of Professional Achievement Program must submit official transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, and the $150 application fee.

Degree required for admission: Students admitted to the program must possess a bachelor's degree in engineering, science, mathematics, computer science, statistics, economics with a minor in mathematics, or other related field from an accredited academic institution. Students should posess a strong mathematics background (three terms calculus, one term ordinary differential equations required; one term linear algebra recommended). Applicants should have a strong undergraduate record to be competitive for admission. 

GPA required: Minimum of 3.0 

Candidates for the Certification of Professional Achievement Program must complete the program of study as defined by the appropriate department. Program requirements for completion of these Certification Programs are listed below:

  • 4 Graduate-level classes all earned through CVN, as a non-degree student.
  • Minimum of 12 credit points
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of program within two (2) calendar years.


Required Courses

Students must choose 4 of the following courses: 

  • SIEO W4150: Introduction to Probability and Statistics 
  • IEOR E4004: Optimization Models and Methods or IEOR E4007: Optimization Models and Methods (FE)* 
  • IEOR E4106: Stochastic Models or IEOR E4701: Stochastic Models (FE)* 
  • IEOR E4404: Simulation or IEOR E4703: Monte Carlo Simulation* 
  • IEOR E4003: Corporate Finance for Engineers or IEOR E4403: Quantitative Corporate Finance


Course List

4 Graduate-level classes, all earned through CVN as a non-degree student, from list of courses above. 

Tuition & Fees

2017 - 2018 Tuition & Fees

Please note that all tuition and fees are in U.S. dollars and are estimated. Tuition and most fees are prescribed by statute, and are subject to change at the discretion of the Trustees.

CVN Credit Tuition: $1,936 per point (Credit Hour)
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course
Transcript Fee: $105 non-refundable one-time fee

CVN Audit Tuition: $834 per point (Credit Hour)
Graduate Admission Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course

Certification Program Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee

Late Registration Fee: $100 non-refundable fee

CVN Withdrawal Fee: $75, plus prorated tuition and all non-refundable fees

For example: A three credit course would be $5,808 + transcript fee $105 (one-time) + CVN fee $395 = $6,308


Payment should be mailed to:

Columbia Video Network
540 S.W. MUDD Building, MC4719
500 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

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